World of Jazz 262


  1. Michael Attias – Bad Lucid – Spun Tree
  2. Ralph Towner – Ralph’s Piano Waltz – Solo Concert
  3. John Abercombie and Ralph Towner – Fable – Sargasso Sea
  4. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – A Tone Parallel to Harlem (Harlem Suite) – Ellington Uptown
  5. Beak – Spinning Top – Beak >>
  6. Rudresh Mahanthappa – Enhanced Performance – Codebook
  7. Rip Rig and Panic – A Dog’s Secret – I Am Cold
  8. E L B – Zig Zag – Peter Erskine, Nguyên Lê, Michel Benita
  9. John Zorn – Naked Lunch (for Vibraphone, Bass, and Drums) – The Interpretation of Dreams
  10. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra –  Controversial Suite, Pt. 1: Before My Time – Ellington Uptown
  11. John Butcher, John Edwards, Mark Sanders – Lucid – Last Dream Of The Morning
  12. Chris Cundy – Sweet Tobacco – Gustav Lost
  13. Azimuth with Ralph Towner – The Longest Day – Départ
  14. Michael Attias – Creep – Renku in Coimbra
  15. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Controversial Suite, Pt. 2: Later – Ellington Uptown


  1. Clean Feed (2012) – Michaël Attias alto saxophone, Ralph Alessi trumpet, Matt Mitchell piano, Sean Conly double bass, Tom Rainey drums.  Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY o April 11th, 2012
  2. ECM (1980) – Ralph Towner – 12 String Guitar, Classical Guitar, Recorded live at Amerika Haus in München, Germany and Limmathaus in Zürich, Switzerland in October 1979
  3. ECM (1976) – John Abercrombie — electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Ralph Towner — twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano. Recorded Talent Studios Olso May 1976
  4. Columbia (1952) – Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn – piano,  Shorty Baker, Willie Cook,   Clark Terry  , Francis Williams  – trumpet, Ray Nance – trumpet,   Juan Tizol  – valve trombone, Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone, Willie Smith  alto saxophone, Russell Procope – alto saxophone, clarinet, Paul Gonsalves  – tenor saxophone, Harry Carney – baritone saxophone,  Wendell Marshall – bass, Louis Bellson – drums. Recorded in New York on December 7, 1951.
  5. Invada/Bandcamp (2012) – Billy Fuller – bass,  Matt Williams – keyboards, Geoff Barrow –  Turntables, samples, keyboards, drums.
  6. Pi (2006) –  François Moutin – bass, Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone,  Dan Weiss – drums, Vijay Iver – piano. Recorded April 21 , 2006 Systems 2, Brooklyn.
  7. Virgin (1982) – Bruce Smith, Gareth Sager, Mark Springer, Sean Oliver.
  8. ACT (2001) –  Michel Benita – bass, Peter Erskine – drums,  Nguyên Lê – guitar. Recorded and mastered at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway on October 30+31, 2000
  9. Tzadik (2017).  Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – bass.   Tyshawn Sorey  – drums.
    Sae Hashimoto  – vibraphone.  Recorded May 08, 2017 at EastSide Sound, NYC & May 10, 2017 at Orange Music, NJ.
  10. Columbia (1952) –   Wendell Marshall – Bass,  Louis Bellson – Drums,   Duke Ellington – piano.  Harry Carney,  Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope – saxophones. Britt Woodman, Juan Tizol, Quentin Jackson – trombones.  Clark Terry, Francis Williams , Harold Baker, Ray Nance, Willie Cook – trumpets. Recorded At – Columbia 30th Street Studio
  11. Relative Pitch (2017) – John Butcher – saxophone, John Edwards – double bass, Mark Sanders – drums. Recorded on November 17th, 2016 at The Fish Factory, in Willesden, UK
  12. FMR Records (2016) – Chris Cundy – bass, contrabass clarinet,  Fyfe Dangerfield – piano , Mat Martin –  guitar , Hannah Marshall – cello, Dominic Lash – double bass , Mark Sanders – drums, percussion.  Recorded on June 2-3, 2015 at Wincraft Studios, Gloucestershire UK.
  13. ECM (1980) – John Taylor – Piano, Norma Winstone – Voice, Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Ralph Towner – Guitar. Recorded December 1979 at Talent Studios, Oslo.
  14. Clean Feed (2009) –  Michaël Attias – alto saxophone, John Hébert – double bass, Satoshi Takeishi  – drums, percussion. Recorded June 7, 2008 at Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal
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World of Jazz 245 – Tribute to John Abercrombie


  1. John Abercrombie – Tears – Up and Coming
  2. Enrico Rava – Bella – The Pilgrim and the Stars
  3. Billy Cobham – Crosswind – Crosswinds
  4. John Surman – Chelsea Bridge – Brewster’s Rooster
  5. Mark Soskin – Step Lively – One Hopeful Day
  6. Olivier Le Goas Quintet – Fragment – Gravitations
  7. John Abercrombie & Ralph Towner- Staircase – Sargasso Sea
  8. Adam Kolker – Only One – Flag Day
  9. Marc Copland – Blue in Green – And…
  10. Collin Walcott – Margueritte – Cloud Dance
  11. Charles Lloyd – Hymn To The Mother – Lift Every Voice
  12. Jeff Palmer – All Cracked Up – Island Universe
  13. John Abercrombie – Evensong – Characters
  14. John Abercrombie – Look Around – Night
  15. Peter Brendler and John Abercrombie – Goodbye – The Angle Below
  16.  John Abercrombie – Jumbles – Up and Coming

World Of Jazz 239


  1. Hampshire and Foat – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (Athens of the North 2017)
  2. Stuart McCallum – Inhale – City (Naim 2015)
  3. Ralph Towner – Drifting Petals – Solstice (ECM 1975)
  4. John Abercrombie – Sunday School – Up and Coming (ECM 2017)
  5. Labyrinth Lounge – Trouble Won’t Last – Porgy (Rufftone Records 2017)
  6. A Tree Grows – Future Calculations – A Tree Grows (Rufftone
    Records 2017)
  7. Walter Bishop Jr. 4th Cycle – Sweet Rosa – Keeper of My Soul (Black Jazz Records 1973)
  8. Charles Mingus – Duke Ellingtons Sound of Love – Changes One (Atlantic 1975)
  9. Willem Breuker – Ponduet – Baal Brecht Breuker (BV Haast Records 1973)
  10. William Parker Quartets – Criminals In The White House – Meditation/Resurrection (AUM Fidelity 2017)
  11. Miles Davis – Footprints – Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia 2016)
  12. Eivind Aarset – Wanderlust – I.E. (Jazzland 2015)
  13. John Coltrane – Giant Steps – The Heavyweight Champion : The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Atlantic 1995)
  14. Colin Towns & NDR Big Band – Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa’s Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (Provocateur Records 2005)
  15. Dave Douglas and Chet Doxas – No Good Without You – Riverside (Greenleaf 2014)
  16. Jimmy Giuffre Time Will Tell/ Future Plans – Free Fall (Columbia 1962)
  17. John Zorn’s Masada – Sippur – Live In Middelheim (Tzadik 1999)
  18. Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – Hub-Tones – Double Take (Blue Note 1986)

Band On The Wall Playlist – April 2017

Here is my monthly look at what is coming up at Manchester’s finest jazz venue The Band on the Wall.  April kicks off with another visit from jazz royalty as the Sun Ra Arkestra, directed by Marshall Allen, arrive from Saturn for another visit on Sunday 2nd.

Chris Potter is a world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader,  Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.”  Dave Liebman called him simply “one of the best musicians around,”  and Down Beat in voted him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll. A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums.  He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others. As part of the Jazz Directors Series, Potter is performing on 13th April with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians.

The following night sees a performance from Stuff,  a Belgium-based five-piece who masterfully cross the border between broken hip-hop, future electronics and jazz-influenced funk. A renowned live act, Stuff were the first European band to be invited to perform a Boiler Room session. Their eponymous debut album has received fantastic praise, leading Belgian music magazine HUMO said “best record of the year”. Phill Tagart from BBC 1 played numerous tracks in his show stating “this is what I imagine Flying Lotus’ band to be like”. Gilles Peterson upon first listen, fell in love with the band and said “it’s a really exciting time for music, with groups coming through like Stuff.” Comparable acts include Weather Report, Shobaleader One, The Comet is Coming, Binkbeats, and The Physics House Band

18th April features Myele Manzanza.  The son of a Congolese master percussionist, New Zealand-born Myele Manzanza first gained international attention as one third of NZ soul act, Electric Wire Hustle. After six years of performing, recording and touring with the band that he formed, he left in 2013 in order to release his solo debut, ‘One’. By this time Myele had become an in-demand musician, culminating in 2014 when he joined dance music pioneer Theo Parrish as the drummer of his live outfit The Unit. As a drummer and a sideman he continues to tour internationally and collaborate with a broad range of artists including Mark de Clive-Lowe, First Word label-mate Ross McHenry, Sorceress, Amp Fiddler, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Marcus Strickland, Recloose, Jordan Rakei and most recently joining Australian contemporary dance company, KAGE, in their forthcoming dance and drum based performance Out Of Earshot. His roots in jazz and African rhythm, (as well as his childhood love of hip hop and dance music) bring a uniquely diverse take to his music.

In between music from the above there are a range of brand new jazz releases…..


  1. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Lament – Imaginary Cities
  2. Aki Takase and David Murray – A Very Long Letter – Cherry Sakura
  3. Cameron Graves – Satania Our Solar System – Planetary Prince
  4. Aki Rissanen, Robin Verheyen, Markku Ounaskari – Riverly  Reflections (On Scriabin Prelude Op. 13 No. 1) – Songs for Solstice
  5. John Abercrombie Quartet – Tears – Up and Coming
  6. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Firefly – Imaginary Cities
  7. Justin Walter – Following – Unseen Forces
  8. Noah Preminger – The 99 Percent – Meditations on Freedom
  9. Myele Manzanza – Freedom of Movement – Freedom of Movement
  10. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Shadow Self – Imaginary Cities
  11. Stuff – Ahfreaq – Stuff
  12. Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels and Demons at Play – Live at the Band on the Wall